Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup


I just found this random quotation by accident the other day:
"...no man needs ever despair of gaining proselytes to the most extravagant hypothesis, who has art enough to represent it in any favourable colours. The victory is not gained by the men at arms, who manage the pike and the sword; but by the trumpeters, drummers, and musicians of the army."

- David Hume, Treatise on Human Nature

So, I thought I would start off by featuring a few of the wingnut reactions to yesterday's marches for science, across the country.  Sorry, they just ignored it, so I will settle for second best by reminding you whose birthday it was yesterday:
I'm almost certain that this picture is a photoshop job, since by my highly scientific calculation, Lenin died  35 years before the ES-335 was invented, but you never know.  I for one never knew when Lenin's birthday was until wingnuts discovered it was the same day as Earth Day, and (of course) built several decades of conspiracy theories around this fact, claiming that environmentalism is a Communist plot.

Town Hall:  "AP: Fresno Shooter Didn't Yell 'Allahu Akbar' ... He Said God Is Great In Arabic"

Well, glad we got that straight.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "There Are Two Americas, A ‘Front Row And The Back Row’…And Yes–Trump Exposed It"

And if you believe no one noticed that until Donald Trump came along, you really are among the stupidest people on earth; although not as stupid as someone who believes Donald Trump intends to do a thing about it except make it worse.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "If you prize clarity, then these past weeks were some of the best in memory...When America leads, the world is better."

Even when America is leading us into a world war, Dennis?  Of course, the usual lie:

"Following President Trump's order to attack Syria about 63 hours after the Syrian regime seemingly used chemical weapons, even many in the mainstream media couldn't help but contrast his prompt response with Obama's nonresponse to Assad's use of chemical weapons in 2013. And almost every report further noted that Obama failed to do anything after having promised that he would regard the use of chemical weapons by Assad as crossing a "red line."

No mention from Dennis that Obama did not respond militarily because the Republican Congress did not let him.  I wonder why Dennis forgot that part?

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Surprise: Upon Launch Obamacare Website Was Totally Unsecured and Easy to Hack"

That was four years ago.  Since then it has insured over 20 million people, brought security to countless American families, significantly cut the growth of medical costs in this country, helped to reduce the Federal budget deficit, and provided thousands of good jobs caring for the newly insured. No mention of those unimportant facts by Katie, of course.

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "VP Pence Announces "100 Percent" Support of Japan During Tensions with North Korea"

Well, except for needlessly provoking North Korea to the point of possibly launching a nuclear surprise attack on Japan.  Other than that, we're behind you all the way, buddies!

Carter, Gateway Pundit:  "ANTIFA Leftist Group Is Selling Concealed Knives On Their Website For Slicing Conservatives...This should come as a warning to anybody who Antifa sees as a threat to their Communist, anarchist, violence-driven message."

And here it is, the incredibly threatening anti-Conservative knife:

Scary, huh?  This is the liberal "equivalent," I guess of the following:

Knife with a 2" blade; AR-15.  Same thing, really.

And now, the left is humiliated again:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "HAH! The Kid Who Mouthed “Fake News” Behind CNN at WH Easter Egg Roll Is Kellyanne Conway’s Son"

An absolute proof that he was just an average kid expressing the views of the American people. Kellyanne Conway's son, huh?  Poor kid.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "DNC Chair Tom Perez Mentions Hillary During MSNBC Interview, American Flag Falls to the Ground"

God is on their side! Sits silent as millions are killed in endless wars, but knocks a flag over because the DNC chairman is talking.  Sounds about right to me.

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Leftists are mean!"

Whatever, Lloyd.

World Net Daily:  "FBI probes radical terrorists in all 50 states"

None of this involves white right wing people, of course.  For a little context, you may want to go here, where you will find a map of the 917 currently identified hate groups in our country, most all of them right wingers.  World Net Daily is not concerned about them.

World Net Daily:  "'Jesus Christ Superstar' does show while stoned"

The contrast in the world today:  Left wingers are responsible for a musical being performed by stoned actors, our right wing President nearly causes World War III.  Just the same, really.

Jeffrey Folks, American Thinker:  "Donald Trump: A Simple Man...Donald Trump is not one of these "smart" intellectuals"

Man, you got that one right, buddy.  I was going to favor you with a little more of Jeffrey's thinking on this subject, but it was just too stupid; trust me.

Ned Barnett, American Thinker:  "The "Mother of All Bombs" was the perfect weapon for President Trump to use in Afghanistan"

Yeah, all boom and no results.  Perfect for Trump.

H. Sterling Burnett, American Thinker:  "Interior Department Takes Steps to Make America Great Again"

Steps like what, you wonder?

"On his last day as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), January 19th, Dan Ashe issued a directive to phase out the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on the 307 million acres of federal land controlled by the agency...Ashe's directive did not last long. As one of his first official acts as secretary of the Interior Department, on March 2, Zinke rescinded Ashe’s lead ban."

Make America Great Again!!!!  Kill more animals for no reason!!!!

Chuck Ross, Daily Caller:  "'Never Trump' Candidate Unable To Pay Off Massive Campaign Debt"

What a loser.  Why not just take Donald Trump's way to deal with things like this?  Just tell them to get fucked and let them go to court for decades suing you to get their money back?

Yahoo:  "Why Is Jinger Duggar Getting Backlash for Wearing Pants?"

Because Americans are really stupid?  Because for right wingers, anything is better than having to cover the real news?

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall:  "Daily Show Host Suggests That Trump Is On Drugs...it's hard to imagine Barack Obama being given similar treatment "

It is not hard, however, to imagine Barack Obama being called a Muslim plant, a founder of ISIS, a Communist, the Antichrist or Satan himself.  Those were all reasonable observations...Trump on drugs, strictly out of bounds.  Even though it would be the most charitable explanation of his behavior.

Marty Gottesfield, Red State:  "Think Obama Is Gone? His Prosecutors And Judges Leak On"

An interesting idea here:  when a Democratic President leaves office, all the judges he appoints are illegitimate and should be removed- maybe beheaded too.  Well, this is an interesting example of Republican Constitutional scholarship.

Mark Ellis, PJ Media:  "Beyond Trump, there is nothingness."

I sort of wish I'd read this article to see what it was about...nah, I have enough nothingness in my life.

Carter, Gateway Pundit:  "Unhinged Journalism Professor Says NRA More Dangerous Than ISIS"

Over the last decade, there have been 1,000 gun deaths in the United States for every person killed by a terrorist.  Yeah, you read that right.  So, which do you think is more dangerous to Americans, ISIS or the NRA?

Daily Caller:  "Now We Know Who Caitlyn Jenner Voted For -- And It's A Real Kick In The Teeth To Liberals In Hollywood"

Really?  Is there a non-asshole human being on the face of the earth that gives a damn about who Caitlyn Jenner voted for?

Jonah Bennet, Daily Caller:  "Taliban Fighters Disguised As Afghan Soldiers Launch Biggest Massacre Since 2001"

Well, unless you count the hundreds of thousands that America killed in our war of aggression.  This story is about a Taliban attack on an Afghan government army base in which 160 soldiers were killed. I've got news for you guys- that is a military defeat, not a massacre.

Andrew Follett, Daily Caller:  "Nuclear Scientist Says Advanced Reactors Will Be Great For Planet...'Cheap, meltdown-proof and waste-free nuclear power'

And in other news, YES!  Tinkerbelle is back!  But wait, there's more news that's being ignored by the mainstream press:

Before it's News:  "WW3 a Distraction While Planet 9 Enters Our Solar System"

World War III would just be a distraction!  So, "planet 9?"  I think maybe they meant "plan 9"...


A movie that is looking less and less farfetched with every passing day.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Kelly: Border Wall Will 'Move Forward' This Summer"

On it's own?  That I've got to see.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "The Same People Who Organized Trump Inauguration Riots Are Helping With The Climate March"

Who did you expect to organize them, Katie, Leprechauns?  By the way, I guess it's far enough past the inaugural that liars like Katie are sure their people have forgotten that there were no Trump Inauguration riots.

Joliphant, Red State:  "Russia Hacking Story Was Created By Clinton Campaign As Damage Control"

This just in: The whole fictitious story that there was such a thing as World War II was created by the Roosevelt administration to cover up how Roosevelt caused the Great Depression in the four years before he became President.

Jim Jamatis, Red State:  "It Shouldn’t Surprise You That the #MarchForScience Looks More Like Another MarchForLeftism"

And it shouldn't either.  We all know which side is for the truth and which side is for lies.

Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "Trump's taxes? What about Obama's birth certificate?"

God in heaven above, it will never stop.

Josh Kimbrell, Red State:  "City University of New York Hires Terrorist to Give Commencement"

"Major world power hires psychopathic bully to lead country."  Oh wait, I only imagined they ran that story.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "How Many Trump Supporters Need to Get Bludgeoned with BIKE LOCKS Before Trump Sends in National Guard?"

BIKE LOCKS!  BIKE LOCKS, I tell you!!!  Apparently, the number of Trump supporters bludgeoned by BIKE LOCKS!!!! in this carefully organized assault is now up to (ready for this?) one.  But that is enough reason to call out the National Guard and put down all left wing protest anywhere in the country, as far as Jim is concerned.  How many more than the 30,000 people killed by guns every year in this country do we need before the government does something about that?  Oops, I forgot, guns=freedom, bike locks=left wing tyranny.

Washington Examiner:  "Netanyahu tells Trump: 'Repeal or replace' Iran deal"

Let's just leave out the rest of the idiocy of this idea, and remind people that the Iran deal was entered into by Iran and five other countries; the US, Russia, Britain, Germany and France.  So no matter what Trump does, he can't "repeal" the deal.  He can, however, behave like a jackass over it, which is what he will do, without any encouragement from Netanyahu.

So, let's just go out on this story, which is obviously completely reliable:

Baxter Dmitry, Your News Wire:  "Queen Elizabeth “completely ruined her own party” yesterday when she announced to close friends and family that that “World War 3 must break out this year” in order for the Illuminati to usher humanity into the next phase of their sick and twisted masterplan.

“The Queen was speaking as though she knows the Illuminati’s plans inside out,” (a) Windsor Castle insider said, speaking on the strict condition of anonymity. “To make matters worse she seemed turned on by the thrill of a new world war.  The Queen said: “One must prepare for the new dawn humanity will soon wake up to, which cannot come into being without a period of complete darkness, the blackest of nights, the likes of which we have never experienced.”

Sounds just like her, huh?  The typical kind of talk we hear from a 91 year old woman.  Well, we all have seen plenty of pictures of the Queen, so I'll just leave you with a picture of a few of the other residents of Windsor Castle.  Maybe one of them is the insider that Baxter is relying on for his secret information:
You knew I couldn't pass up an opportunity to get Corgis in there.  At least it's an opportunity to go out on a positive note.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

State of Forces

I ran one of these pictures only a couple of days ago, but I think it's worth seeing them together.

March against Trump today:


Pro Trump march last week:
We've been lied to so systematically about which side the American people are really on, with billions of dollars of Republican money spent to push the myth, and a willing press to pump it out.

Do not believe it.  Republicans win elections through massive smear campaigns, totally lying about what they and their opponents advocate, and pervasive vote rigging all across this country.  Now this has been augmented with their treasonous collaboration with a foreign dictator who wants to prevent any strong leadership in this country, and what you see above turns into electoral victories for a party that works against every interest of the American people.  Sad to say, it's worked out great  for them; digital age sabotage of democracy has proven far easier than even their worst backers thought it would be. It didn't take a few hundred thousand brownshirts; just a couple thousand trolls paid for by a foreign government, and a few hundred rich sociopaths willing to finance the collapse of their own government.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Another Party Heard From

From Yahoo UK News today:

"Russia sends troops to North Korea border as tensions escalate...A report from primemedia.RU claims: ‘Railway trains loaded with military equipment moving towards Primorsky region via Khabarovsk have been noticed by locals.

A military official added: ‘The movement of military equipment by different means of transport to southern areas is being observed across Primorsky region over the past week.’

The movement comes only a day after Russia and the US clashed at the UN over a UN security council statement, drafted by the US, which condemned North Korea’s latest failed test."

Not totally confirmed yet, but that's all we need- another superpower being sucked into the morass Trump has created by his grotesque mishandling of North Korea's government.  North Korean leaders have been acting in the same belligerent manner for decades, and every previous President, even the village idiot George W. Bush, has managed to respond in an adult manner.  No more, I guess.

We do not have quite the same entangling web of treaty obligations that we saw in the runup to World War I, but I do not think I am being unfair to see a similar phenomenon, where a number of world powers are being dragged into what should be a regional matter of little concern outside the area.  We can see, I think, North and South Korea as Bulgaria and Romania in 1914, countries of small consequence, but whose long standing alliances with the world's great powers are risking a cataclysmic collapse into violence.

I would like to say a little more about this comparison.  I have spent a lot of the last decade reading about the runup to World War I, going back to the unification of Germany in 1871.  I now believe that the war was not, in the end, about the Balkans at all, but about the death throes of European colonialism.  Until 1871, there were three "great powers" in Europe; England, France and Russia.  England and France had far flung colonial empires, and Russia had everything east of the Urals, as a sort of internal colony.  The unification of Germany began a game of musical chairs, in which four countries now competed for the colonies of three.  This caused tensions to rise dramatically, with numerous colonial struggles, such as the Agadir crisis, the struggle for European colonies and trade centers in the Pacific, or the fighting between England and France over the Sudan, bringing the world closer and closer to the cliff edge.  The Balkan crisis was really about colonialism too, with the "great powers" struggling over territories that were slipping away from the decaying Ottoman Empire.  There were two Balkan wars in the period before World War I.  We in the West tend to hear about nothing but Serbia and the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, but things were far more treacherous in Romania and Bulgaria.  Romania was primarily a Catholic, Western oriented country, and Bulgaria had a population of Slavs, primarily in the Orthodox church, who had natural associations with the Slavic, Orthodox country of Russia.  When the Ottomans began to lose their control over the Balkans, the two countries turned to their natural allies, and a ready made conflict of big countries was provided.

Here's a map of the Balkans from just before the Balkan wars; sorry that it's not in English, but I think it's easy enough to identify the countries involved:


What I have said in the above paragraph is a great simplification of the complex conditions that led to World War I, but I think it does show how great powers were sucked into what should have been a local affair.  We have, I think it is safe to say, a very similar alignment on the Korean peninsula today, with the Western powers being naturally aligned with the Capitalist South, while Russia and China have both historical and political connections with the North.  So, when Austria attacked Serbia, which by all rights it should have conquered in weeks, and then utterly muffed their invasion, in the greatest military blunder of the twentieth century, the resulting quagmire drew countries one by one to the aid of their smaller allies, and, as they would say at Scotland Yard, Bob's your uncle.

If Trump does decide to launch an attack against North Korea, as he is so obviously hungering to do, does anyone have the confidence that he could go for the quick kill?  An attack there that stretched out to more than a few days could easily draw the great powers into the struggle, with the most catastrophic results.  And Trump's obsession with appearance over substance would almost guarantee that whatever action the US took would collapse quickly into military catastrophe at least as great as that which overcame Bush's Iraq aggression, which incidentally was the greatest military blunder since the Austrian invasion of Serbia, with the possible exception of Hitler's fumbling the attack on Stalingrad.

So, there you have it.  If you wanted to write a novel about the start of World War III, there's a perfectly believable plot line for you.  Will it happen?  Probably not, because the worst rarely does happen, but it has happened twice in the last century or so, and that is without a patently mentally incompetent leader to lead the world into the abyss.  We'll see how it all goes.

The Man Who Would Be King

Here is a story that has bothered me for some reason, but seems to have been taken by the mainstream press as just a minor aberration in Donald Trump's behavior.  Trump has a visit to England planned in the fall.  As part of his trip, he has demanded that he be allowed to ride along with the Queen in the royal coach.
Maybe it is difficult for someone without familiarity with the country to appreciate what a colossal insult this is- it's like demanding that he be allowed to wear the crown.  You could, I suppose, just chalk this up as another example of Trump's pathological need to bully and humiliate everyone he comes in contact with, and that would be true; but I think there is more to it than that.

I commented a little while ago about Trump's replacing his top advisers one by one with members of his own family.  My thought was that, as he has taken power, his megalomania has grown, and merely being President is not enough for him.  He is coming to think of himself as the founder of a dynasty, or to be blunt, a King rather than a President.  Seen in this light it is hardly surprising that he is now insisting that he be treated exactly like real royalty.  Expect to see more of this sort of thing, as his frustration with the limitations of his position grow, and he attempts to assert his right to do whatever he damned pleases, even to the point of handing the country to his family in perpetuity.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Short Posts

I've noticed that I hardly seem to post anything these days but really short stories.  This bothered me until I looked at the current news, and realized that there is hardly any analysis needed for things like this:

President of United States says that Korea used to be part of China

Senior Republican says it's okay for the United States to destroy the countries of China, Japan and North and South Korea, as long as we are okay.

Top on air personality at smear factory gets $200 million dollars to lie the American people into electing a dictator, gets fired, but not for that.

President lies to world about where he is sending our navy, in order to bully a foreign country.

Vice President says that it's okay to murder foreign people, in order to send a lesson to other foreign people.

President has as a guest at the White House a person who threatened to shoot his opponent.

President makes remarks indicating he doesn't know the difference between the head of North Korea and the guy's father.

All against a background of new information every couple of days proving that Trump is a Russian traitor, which the press does everything it can to ignore.

And let's remember that all of this covers endless efforts by the Republican party to destroy Social Security, Medicare, environmental and health care regulation and every other thing that benefits anyone but the few hundred rich psychopaths that fund the Republicans.

There just isn't anything complicated about these stories.  They add up to a tale of a once meaningful political party that has willingly turned itself into a corrupt criminal enterprise in league with the nation's enemies.  It's been coming for decades now. Either you are willing to see it (apparently about 5% of the population) or you aren't, but the evidence is right there for anyone to see, and doesn't need complicated reasoning to explain.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

No Excitement Here About O'Reilly

So everyone on the left is so excited that Bill O'Reilly is leaving Fox News.  Not me, no sir.  Consider the reality of O'Reilly's career there.

He worked for Fox News for about 20 years, spewing the most vicious pack of hatred and lies he possibly could.  For this he was paid millions; his salary at the end being about $18 million a year. So let's be cautious here and guess that, over the years this scum was paid about $200 million for his contribution to the country's well-being.  Just before leaving, he signed a new contract with Fox News, which they are apparently going to honor, perhaps netting him another $60 or $80 million.  And now that he is gone, he will just be replaced by one of ten thousand essentially identical right wing robots who are willing to sell their souls to the devil.

Not a bad deal for O'Reilly, who must have known his dirty deal couldn't last forever; Fox has made him rich beyond anything he could have ever imagined, and he doesn't need to do a thing he doesn't want to do for the rest of his life.

And, really, not much of a victory for the rest of us.

Moderate Republican Takes a Stand

Lindsey Graham, one of the two Republican Senators alleged throughout the mainstream media to actually be sane, spoke out today about Donald Trump's infantile warmongering:

"Yes, it would be terrible, but the war would be over there, it wouldn't be here...It would be bad for the Korean peninsula, it would be bad for China, it would be bad for Japan, it would be bad for South Korea, it would be the end of North Korea but what it would not do is hit America"

An unprovoked military aggression by the United States might result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people in four countries, cause massive destruction and result in political disruption and a refugee crisis similar to what we are now seeing in Syria.  But who cares?  None of these people belong to the groups the Republican party panders to, and let's not forget that none of their citizens are white.  So who cares who we kill, as long as we can reverse the decay of support for the worst President in history, and help the Republicans hang on to power, regardless of how criminal they are?

This sort of reasoning truly justifies comparison with the Nazis.  And this is the view of the moderate end of the Republican party.  And remember, the Nazis had a real ideology, however contemptible, which they really believed in.  These guys are doing it for nothing but money and power.


Didn't Work

I guess I should note that Trump's popularity in the newest Pew poll hit 39%, the first time it has dropped below 40% in this poll, and in fact the lowest number a President in his first term has ever hit in the Pew poll.

Those bombs didn't work to stop his slide into Dick Cheney poll territory.  Well, I guess there is only one place for him to go now:
And I wish I could say I am kidding.  I guess there is an actual chance that the military would refuse Trump's demand to unleash a nuclear weapon on some innocent country, but that is just about our only hope, as Trump made it clear in intelligence briefings that he cannot for the life of him figure out a reason not to launch a first-strike nuclear weapon. If things keep going bad for him, we are very rapidly going to reach the point where starting a real, hot war is his only option to preserve himself, and we sure as hell know that the fate of anyone else won't play a part in his calculations.

Where in the World is Carl Vinson

The disappearing carrier strike group!  Last week, Donald Trump threatened North Korea by claiming that the strike group built around the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson was on its way over there, to threaten the North Koreans with bombing raids and God knows what-all.
Well, there they are, but not on their way to North Korea.  Turns out they are going to the Indian Ocean, to participate in long-planned annual exercises with the Australian navy.

So the world is now burdened by two nuclear armed lying bullies, each threatening the other with war, and each lying through his teeth, for the real purpose of inciting support for war among his populace.  No matter that their attempts to maintain a grip on their positions are each directed at a mentally unstable adversary with the power to do immense harm and, apparently, without much understanding of the risks of their bullying.

As I have mentioned, it's sort of like the Cuban missile crisis, if John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khruschev had been mentally disturbed, violence prone idiots.  And isn't it interesting to see our mainstream press contort itself in an effort to pretend that it's all business as normal?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Murder

We have just learned this, from our Vice President:

“Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” Pence warned. “North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region.”

The bombing in Afghanistan may have killed close to a hundred people; we do not know about casualties from the Syria bombing.  These people were killed to send a message to another country eight thousand miles away.  That is not a military response; it is murder.

I'm not going to waste my time or yours raving about what our country should do about a President who is nothing but a common thug and murderer; we all know that.  It is not going to be done, and I guess that is the end of the story, at least until he leads us into carnage we can't back out of.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Trumpsters On The March

Just for the record, there was a pro-Trump march in Philadelphia today.  And here it is:

How long will our mainstream press go on pretending that the Trump wave was anything but a one day phenomenon, generated by billions in spending by right wing sociopaths and a foreign dictator?

Sigh, probably forever, or at least until the nuclear weapons start going off.  They really will destroy the world for a few months of profits.

Insanity Reigns

I don't have much to say these days, because it is all so obvious, but can I remark what a terminally dysfunctional country we live in when Trump actually didn't voluntarily start a nuclear war this week, and it is interpreted as a move to the center?